Islam, Literature and the 'West' (Q3024)
30 credits, Level 6
In both domestic and international contemporary politics, few issues are more urgent than the widely perceived 'clash' between the ideologies of Western European capitalism and Islamic radicalism. This module will offer you the opportunity to examine in detail the shifting terms in which the encounter between a Christian 'West' and an Islamic 'East' has been conducted in predominantly English literatures, from the rhetoric of the early crusades to the present day.
Covering a broad range of texts and genres, and including some journalism and film, emphasis will be placed upon:
- concepts of Holy War
- Islam on the early modern English stage
- the emerging study of the 'Orient' in the 17th century and the first English Qur'an
- Enlightenment fantasies of the 'East' and Muhammad
- the Romantics and the 'East'
- the Rushdie 'Affair'
- and more recent developments of this encounter both before and after 11 September 2001.
48%: Lecture (Film)
100%: Written assessment (Essay)
Contact hours and workload
This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 24 hours of contact time and 276 hours of independent study.
This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- American Studies and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English (with a study abroad year) BA
- Drama and English BA
- English (with a study abroad year) BA
- English BA
- English Language and Literature (with a study abroad year) BA
- English Language and Literature BA
- English and Art History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Art History BA
- English and Film Studies BA
- English and History (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and History BA
- English and Media Studies (with a study abroad year) BA
- English and Media Studies BA
- Philosophy and English BA